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French Eclectic Home Style

French Eclectic


The French Eclectic style is not just one style, but rather a range of styles inspired by French architecture. Brought back to America by World War I soldiers returning home, it evolved into a very Americanized interpretation of the character and charm of the French countryside.


French Eclectic Style Elements

Essential Style Elements

  • Shallow-pitched roofs with deep overhangs and exposed rafter tails at the eave overhang
  • Decorative brackets at the rake overhang
  • Deep, broad porch elements with expressive structural components such as rafters, brackets and columns
  • A mixture of materials such as brick, shingles and siding

French Eclectic style windows

Quintessential Windows

A wide variety of window types are seen within the French Eclectic style. However, casement windows are the leading choice, while double-hung windows are also acceptable. Additionally, arched top windows are common and add a wonderful French countryside charm. Regardless of the type of window, shutters are often used and play a large role in the appearance of many French Eclectic style homes.

French Eclectic style doors

Quintessential Doors

The term “French Door” is often defined as any door unit consisting of two door panels, with at least one of the two panels being operable. While this type of door is common in all locations for French Eclectic style homes, single doors are also popular, especially at the main entrance. Whether it’s a double or a single door, the look of the door panels ranges from old-world rustic to formal, and even slightly contemporary. The most common main door features a segmented arch, although half-round arched or fl at top doors also fi t the style. Segmented arches and half-round arches are more appropriate for rustic designs such as homes with towers. Rectangular shapes are more common in formal-looking homes. Auxiliary side entrances are usually single doors with glazing comprising 1/3 to 3/4 of the door. Auxiliary patio doors are most often hinged double doors with either 3/4 glazing or full glazing.

Colors and Finishes

French Eclectic style window colors range from white to a variety of earthy browns. Window frames and sash are typically the same color, while the window trim may either match the window color or be a complementary, contrasting color. The home’s siding is generally a light-colored stone or stucco.

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French Eclectic Interior Colors

French Eclectic Color Combinations

Color Combinations

This chart shows the various color combinations that make up the French Eclectic home style

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More On This Home Style

Pattern books from the Andersen Style Library present quintessential details of the most popular American architectural styles, with an emphasis on window and door design. The result of years of research, they exist to make it easier to create homes with architectural authenticity.

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French Eclectic Home Style Pattern Book

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